Decatur Co. Sheriff’s Office mourns death of captain killed in line of duty


Multiple law enforcement agencies from across north Florida and South Georgia honored slain Decatur County Sheriff’s Office Captain Justin Bedwell as his body is brought home Tuesday morning. The procession escorted his body from Tallahassee, Florida, to Bainbridge, Georgia.

Captain Justin Bedwell succumbed to injuries that were sustained in the line of duty, Saturday, February 27, 2021 in Brinson, GA, while assisting Seminole County Sheriff’s Office in a high-speed chase where shots had been fired at Sheriff’s Deputies.

Sheriff Griffin posted the following statement to the DCSO Facebook page: "Captain Bedwell is a 19-year veteran of the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office. Captain Bedwell is a Patrol Commander, Training Officer and a highly valued member of the Command Staff. He trained many of the younger deputies that currently work for this community. Captain Bedwell will be truly missed and we are devastated by his passing. Please continue to pray for Captain Bedwell’s family, the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office and our community."

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation also released a statement expressing their condolences:

"Our heartfelt prayers are with the family and friends of LT. Justin Bedwell and the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office. LT. Bedwell was shot in the line of duty in Brinson, Georgia on Saturday, February 27, 2021 and airlifted to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries on March 1, 2021. LT. Bedwell was a 19 year veteran with the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office where he served as a patrol commander, training officer, and a member of the command staff. LT. Bedwell’s sacrifice and dedicated service will not be forgotten."

Video footage shows what happened during the initial attempted traffic stop.

Photo: DSCO